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Wind generator at Breamlea, built in 1987, photo taken in 2007
Wind generator at Breamlea, built in 1987, photo taken in 2007

Victoria has some of the best wind resources in Australia, along the southern coast and in the higher altitude areas. Most of Victoria's wind farms are being built along the southern coast and around the Ballarat, Ararat, and Hamilton areas.[1]

The total capacity for the state as of 2021 was around 2,888.3 MW.[2] Several wind farms are under construction while several more have been proposed and approved. The total potential capacity of wind turbines in Victoria including those currently operational, those under construction, and approved proposals is around 8,000 MW.[2] By comparison, Victoria's total peak electricity usage is around 8,000–10,000 MW.[3]

Wind farms in Victoria

This is a list of wind farms in Victoria, Australia with a generating capacity of more than 4 MW

Project name Sponsoring company Coordinates Turbines Capacity (MW) Status Completion Date Notes
Ararat Wind Farm RES Australia 37°14′41″S 142°59′04″E / 37.244752°S 142.984501°E / -37.244752; 142.984501 (Ararat Wind Farm) 75 240 Operating May 2017 [4]
Bald Hills Wind Farm Mitsui 38°46′05″S 145°54′40″E / 38.768°S 145.911°E / -38.768; 145.911 (Bald Hills Wind Farm) 52 106 Operating July 2015
Bulgana Neoen 37°5′51″S 142°58′25″E / 37.09750°S 142.97361°E / -37.09750; 142.97361 (Bulgana) 56 194 Operating August 2019 [5][6]
Challicum Hills Wind Farm Pacific Hydro 37°22′59″S 143°05′19″E / 37.382939°S 143.088676°E / -37.382939; 143.088676 (Challicum Hills Wind Farm) 35 52.5 Operating August 2003
Chepstowe Wind Farm Future Wind 37°35′20″S 143°30′36″E / 37.589°S 143.510°E / -37.589; 143.510 (Chepstowe Wind Farm) 3 6.1 Operating April 2015
Cherry Tree Wind Farm Infigen Energy 16 57.6 Operating June 2020 [7]
Codrington Wind Farm Pacific Hydro 38°16′25″S 141°58′34″E / 38.273565°S 141.976055°E / -38.273565; 141.976055 (Codrington Wind Farm) 14 18.2 Operating 2001
Coonooer Bridge Windlab Limited 36°26′10″S 143°21′42″E / 36.4362°S 143.3616°E / -36.4362; 143.3616 (Coonooer Bridge) 6 19.8 Operating March 2016
Crowlands Pacific Hydro 37°09′00″S 143°05′24″E / 37.150°S 143.090°E / -37.150; 143.090 (Crowlands Wind Energy Project) 39 80 Operating November 2019 [2]
Dundonnell Wind Farm (Mortlake) Tilt Renewables 37°54′S 143°0′E / 37.900°S 143.000°E / -37.900; 143.000 (Dundonnell) 80 336 Operating[8] January 2021 [8]
Ferguson BayWa re 3 9 Operating
Kiata Wind Farm WindLab 36°13′S 141°28′E / 36.22°S 141.47°E / -36.22; 141.47 (Kiata Wind Farm) 9 31.5 Operating 2018
Lal Lal Wind Farm[9][10] WestWind Energy 37°45′14″S 144°00′00″E / 37.754°S 144.000°E / -37.754; 144.000 (Lal Lal Wind Energy Project)
37°37′34″S 144°01′16″E / 37.626°S 144.021°E / -37.626; 144.021 (Lal Lal Wind Energy Project)
64 220 Operating[2] Approved April 2009, Amended March 2017[11]
Leonards Hill Wind Farm Hepburn Wind 37°25′30″S 144°07′12″E / 37.425°S 144.120°E / -37.425; 144.120 (Hepburn Community Wind Farm) 2 4.1 Operating July 2011
Macarthur Wind Farm AGL Energy/Meridian Energy 38°02′24″S 142°01′30″E / 38.040°S 142.025°E / -38.040; 142.025 (Macarthur Wind Farm) 140 420 Operating January 2013 [12]
Maroona Wind Farm Future Energy 37°25′48″S 142°49′26″E / 37.430°S 142.824°E / -37.430; 142.824 (Maroona Wind Farm) 2 7.2 Operating [13]
Mortons Lane Wind Farm (Woodhouse) Tian Run Australia 37°50′06″S 142°27′00″E / 37.835°S 142.450°E / -37.835; 142.450 (Mortons Lane Wind Farm) 13 19.5 Operating May 2012
Mount Gellibrand Wind Farm Acciona Energy 38°13′48″S 143°45′54″E / 38.230°S 143.765°E / -38.230; 143.765 (Mount Gellibrand Wind Energy Project) 44 132 Operating
Mount Mercer Wind Farm Meridian Energy 37°50′28″S 143°52′16″E / 37.841°S 143.871°E / -37.841; 143.871 (Mount Mercer Wind Farm) 64 131 Operating September 2014 [14]
Murra Warra Wind Farm

Stage 1

RES Australia/ Macquarie Group 36°25′52″S 142°19′16″E / 36.431°S 142.321°E / -36.431; 142.321 (Murra Warra Wind Farm) 61 225.7 Operating [2]
Oaklands Hill Wind Farm AGL Energy 37°41′S 142°33′E / 37.68°S 142.55°E / -37.68; 142.55 (Oaklands Hill Wind Energy Project) 32 67.2 Operating April 2012
Portland Wind Farm

Stage 1: Yambuk

Pacific Hydro 38°18′00″S 142°00′11″E / 38.300°S 142.003°E / -38.300; 142.003 (Yambuk Wind Farm) 20 30 Operating May 2007
Portland Wind Farm

Stage 2: Cape Bridgewater

Pacific Hydro 38°22′30″S 141°23′42″E / 38.375°S 141.395°E / -38.375; 141.395 (Cape Bridgewater Wind Farm) 29 58 Operating October 2009
Portland Wind Farm

Stage 3: Cape Nelson South

Pacific Hydro 38°25′30″S 141°32′06″E / 38.425°S 141.535°E / -38.425; 141.535 (Cape Nelson South Wind Farm) 22 44 Operating July 2009
Portland Wind Farm

Stage 4: Cape Sir William Grant and Cape Nelson North

Pacific Hydro 38°24′00″S 141°37′12″E / 38.400°S 141.620°E / -38.400; 141.620 (Cape Sir William Grant Wind Energy Project) 23 47 Operating February 2015
Salt Creek Wind Farm (Woorndoo) Tilt Renewables 37°56′42″S 142°37′48″E / 37.945°S 142.630°E / -37.945; 142.630 (Salt Creek Wind Farm) 15 50 Operating [15]
Timboon West Epic Energy 38°31′41″S 142°54′58″E / 38.528°S 142.916°E / -38.528; 142.916 (Timboon West) 2 7.2 Operating[2] December 2018 Planning Approved Mar 2017
Toora Wind Farm Transfield Infrastructure Fund 38°39′24″S 146°20′27″E / 38.656730°S 146.340926°E / -38.656730; 146.340926 (Toora Wind Farm) 12 21 Operating 2002
Waubra Wind Farm Acciona Energy/ ANZ Infrastructure Services 37°21′56″S 143°37′27″E / 37.365533°S 143.624289°E / -37.365533; 143.624289 (Waubra Wind Farm) 128 192 Operating 2009
Wonthaggi Wind Farm Wind Power Pty Ltd 38°36′11″S 145°32′42″E / 38.603°S 145.545°E / -38.603; 145.545 (Wonthaggi Wind Farm) 6 12 Operating 2005
Yaloak South Wind Farm Pacific Hydro 37°39′36″S 143°38′06″E / 37.660°S 143.635°E / -37.660; 143.635 (Yaloak South Wind Farm) 14 28.7 Operating June 2018 [16]
Yawong Epic Energy 36°28′52″S 143°22′01″E / 36.481°S 143.367°E / -36.481; 143.367 (Yawong) 2 7.2 Operating[2] December 2018
Berrybank Wind Farm Global Power Generation Australia 37°56′S 143°31′E / 37.94°S 143.52°E / -37.94; 143.52 (Berrybank Wind Energy Project) 43 180 Operating[17] July 2021
Moorabool Wind Farm[18] WestWind Energy 37°42′11″S 144°10′34″E / 37.703°S 144.176°E / -37.703; 144.176 (Moorabool Wind Farm) 107 321 Operating partial generation [18]
Diapur BayWa re 3 9 Under construction expected completion end of 2021 [19]
Mortlake South Wind Farm Acciona Energy 35 157.5 Under construction[20] expected completion mid of 2022 [21]
Murra Warra Wind Farm

Stage 2

RES Australia/ Macquarie Group 36°25′52″S 142°19′16″E / 36.431°S 142.321°E / -36.431; 142.321 (Murra Warra Wind Farm) 55 203.5 Under construction Planning Approved Nov 2016[22]
Stockyard Hill Wind Farm Goldwind Australia 37°32′9″S 143°15′5″E / 37.53583°S 143.25139°E / -37.53583; 143.25139 (Stockyard Hill) 149 530 Under construction [2] expected completion 2021 [23]
Berrimal Wind farm Acciona Energy 36°30′36″S 143°27′18″E / 36.510°S 143.455°E / -36.510; 143.455 (Berrimal Wind Energy Project) 24 72 Planning approved Planning Approved September 2014[24] Under review 2018[25]
Golden Plains Wind Farm WestWind Energy 228 800-1000 Planning approved[2] [26]
Hawkesdale Wind Farm[27] Global Power Generation Australia 38°07′S 142°22′E / 38.11°S 142.36°E / -38.11; 142.36 (Hawkesdale Wind Energy Project) 26 104 Planning approved [2] Approved Aug 2008. Amended December 2017
Rifle Butts NewEn 13 40 Planning approved [2]
Ryan Corner Wind Farm[28] Global Power Generation Australia 38°19′S 142°09′E / 38.31°S 142.15°E / -38.31; 142.15 (Ryan Corner Wind Energy Project) 56 224 Planning approved Planning Approved Aug 2008. Amended December 2017
Woolsthorpe (Naroghid)[29] Wind Farm Developments 38°14′42″S 143°04′12″E / 38.245°S 143.070°E / -38.245; 143.070 (Naroghid Wind Energy Project) 20 46 Planning approved Approved April 2008. Amended May 2017
Jung BayWa re 2 8.4 Planning approved [2]
Darlington Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 38°00′S 142°56′E / 38.00°S 142.94°E / -38.00; 142.94 (Darlington Wind Energy Project) 75 375 Seeking approval [30][31]
Dean Wind Power Pty Ltd 37°27′54″S 143°59′42″E / 37.465°S 143.995°E / -37.465; 143.995 (Dean Wind Energy Project) 20 Proposed
Pyrenees Wind Power Pty Ltd 37°03′00″S 143°46′48″E / 37.050°S 143.780°E / -37.050; 143.780 (Pyrenees Wind Energy Project) 200 Proposed
The Sisters Wind Farm Wind Farm Developments 30 Proposed
Korumburra Wind Power Pty Ltd 38°25′30″S 145°49′48″E / 38.425°S 145.830°E / -38.425; 145.830 (Korumburra Wind Energy Project) 12 Feasibility
Portland Wind Power Pty Ltd 17.5 Feasibility
Sidonia Hills Hydro Tasmania 37°12′54″S 144°30′36″E / 37.215°S 144.510°E / -37.215; 144.510 (Sidonia Hills Wind Energy Project) 120 Feasibility
Tarrone Unión Fenosa Wind Australia 37°41′S 142°33′E / 37.68°S 142.55°E / -37.68; 142.55 (Tarrone Wind Energy Project) 19 60 Feasibility
Alberton Synergy Wind 34 115 Seeking approval [2]
Inverleigh Wind Farm Developments 16 76.8 Seeking approval [2]
Mount Fyans Woolnorth Wind Farms 85 400 Seeking approval [2]
Baynton Stanwell Corporation and WindLab Systems 37°08′42″S 144°40′30″E / 37.145°S 144.675°E / -37.145; 144.675 (Baynton Wind Energy Project) 50 Cancelled
Carrajung Synergy Wind 30 Cancelled
Discovery Bay 30 Cancelled
Dollar AGL Energy 38°34′48″S 146°12′00″E / 38.580°S 146.200°E / -38.580; 146.200 (Dollar Wind Farm) 80 Cancelled [32]
Newfield Acciona Energy 38°33′29″S 143°00′54″E / 38.558°S 143.015°E / -38.558; 143.015 (Newfield Wind Energy Project) 22.5 Cancelled [33]
Penshurst RES Australia 223 758 Cancelled [34]
Summary of Victoria-wide total production in MW[2]
Status Capacity (MW)
Operating 2888.3
Under construction 1559.9
Planning approved 834.6
Seeking approval 2020
Total in Victoria 7834.8

See also

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